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  • Actors: Cyril Raffaelli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: entertainmentone
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B3KPIK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It s 1960 in the Algerian desert. A unit of elite soldiers are sent on a rescue mission in search of a missing aircraft... They are not alone. Under constant attack by Algerian rebels, no one anticipates that another, more deadly threat lies silently in wait. A violent sand storm forces the troops to take refuge in an unchartered village deep in the desert. Taking its inhabitants and the rebels hostage, little do they know that the village is governed by a force far more powerful than any of them can imagine and their invasion has violated their land. Ignoring warnings to leave, as day turns to night, the evil enemy rises and as ranks are decimated one-by-one, they face the longest night of their lives. Starring stunt legend Cyril Raffaelli (Die Hard 4.0, District 13) and Saïd Taghmaoui (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Vantage Point).

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2011
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This is a modern technology meets ancient horror film, a kind of French Predators. Our Legionaire chums are sent into the desert to recover a document file from a crashed plane. Swanning around the same patch of the desert are their opponents, the FLN. This is Algeria in 1960. What looks like a classic battle between two military groups (much the way Predator began) starts to involve a third force. The linkage here is something that those of us around at the time will remember (and if we don't, the director kindly gives us a whopping clue very early on) from there on in the suspense is reduced. This may be different for the younger viewer who will not spot the point until the end. The film is competently done, rather creepy, I liked the ancient horrors, but it lacked the tension of Arnie's film (and that drum-beat).
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. H. J. Palmer on 30 Jan. 2011
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The premise of this film centres around a squad of French soldiers sent on a mission to locate a downed plane in the North African desert(Algeria 1960ish i believe).Along the way they have to contend with the unforgiving desert and arab patrols that could attack them at any minute.If this isnt enough The Djinn are none too pleased about their prescence either.Djinn are represented in Arab and Islamic folklore and are even mentioned in the Koran and have the ability to change shape and can be good,evil or neutrally benevolent.This film can be easily compared to films such as Red Sands,Outpost,R-Point,Deathwatch and The Bunker all which see a group of soldiers losing their sanity and then their lives.The film moves along nicely and doesnt really show anything we havent seen before but what it does do it does competently.The desert looks good as does the various weapons on show,i even saw an mp40 and a Thompson.I assume many of these world war 2 weapons were left behind at the end of world war 2.The cinematography and direction is sharp and clean.Even the Djinn look convincing which is always a worry that in a film "the monsters" either look ridiculous or very fake due to the cgi,but not here.The performances of the actors varied from competent to a standout performance from Thierry Freemont.I especially liked the background of his character showing a glimpse of what happened to him in Indochina.I wish the film would have taken the time to show more of the other characters background if only to provide us with empathy for them.I also believe that the character of the cameraman was miscast.I have seen him before in The Undercover War and found a similar performance from him there(understated and not strong enough to carry a film).Read more ›
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2011
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The first reviewer pretty much hits the nail on the head. A band of French soldiers are sent into the desert to retrieve an item of great importance from a downed plane (what is in the case is revealed at the end of the film but has no relevance during the film). Eventually they get lost due to sandstorms and take refuge in a fortress whilst being hunted by algerian soldiers. They are also being stalked by demons of the desert (djinn) which to be honest, have no real impact on the film what so ever. The supernatural element of the film could almost be removed entirely as its impact is minimal. The soldiers start going mad and their numbers dwindle.....the end. The film could have been so much better but is just another bland and forgettable affair. A lot of what happens is never explained such as why one of the platoon can see the djinn for example. All the characters bar one (the one tortured in indochina) are instantly forgettable and very bland. Like other war/horror films the formula is basically the same but the location is different but films such as "the keep" and "outpost" etc actually do something with the supernatural element of the film...it doesn't happen here. Sure the djinn show up from time to time but don't actually do anything of note apart from possess their victims which sows the element of madness but its all done in such a poor fashion that they may have well been edited out of the film! The most recognizable actors in the film (Cyril Raffaelli and Said Taghmaoui have little impact either). Overall a pretty bland flick which missed out on a great opportunity.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2011
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Having an invisible enemy is certainly a good way of keeping movie making costs down. Invisible actors or creatures do not tend to cost a lot. In this case though they do actually make a few brief hazy appearances. Don't expect a GGI fest or you will be dissapointed! The films plot is one that has been much used by past movie makers. Bunch of soldiers on a secret mission get lost in a hostile environment, where they come under attack from supernatural beings, and are slowly picked off. This time the action takes place in Southern Algeria in 1960 and involves French soldiers sent on a top secret mission to find a crashed plane. Along the way they encounter the hostile Fedayeen fighters and some other much nastier things.

The film starts out promisingly enough resembling John Ford's "The Lost Patrol", which I was reminded of when the patrols cameraman was referred to by the great directors name, but then lurches toward the more recent formulaic horror films like "Red Sands" and "Outpost". The characters are not really fleshed out and I was left wondering why the Fedayeen were included at all because they served no purpose to the plot whatsoever. The idea of evil entities taking over minds is also a bit stale. "Solaris" covered that subject infinitely better, and I even recall poor old Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise battling against a similar enemy that sought to destroy them from within. It must have been the budget episode! Valerio Massimo Manfredi explored a very similar theme in his book "The Tower" where Roman soldiers fought against supernatural forces. So nothing new!

But it is certainly not all bad.
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